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Annual Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture – Decoding Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar: Ideas and Praxis

26th Oct 2017
Join us for the new Annual Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture on November 2, 2017 at 5 p.m., with Professor Vivek Kumar. Dr. Vivek Kumar is a Professor of Sociology & Professor Dr. Ambedkar Chair (I/C), Member Committee on Global Studies Programme in the Center for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, […]


Conference Page Posted for “Buddhism and Youth”

24th Oct 2017
We are happy to announce that the conference website has been posted with registration information, brief schedule, links to posts for the keynote address and more. Click here to visit the conference webpage. Buddhism and Youth: A Symposium University of British Columbia • November 4, 2017 There are Buddhist monastic rules, stories, and teachings that directly […]


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Natasha Heller on Buddhist Children’s Picture Books from Taiwan

24th Oct 2017
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to welcome Dr. Natasha Heller, who will present the keynote address for this year’s annual symposium on the theme of “Buddhism and Youth”: “How to Read a Buddhist Picture Book (if you are not a kid)” Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm […]


Building Communities and Cultivating Networks in the Field of Buddhist Studies

23rd Oct 2017
By Harsha Menon (See original article from BuddhistDoor.net here) Starting on 14 October, the community of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto will sit down together to enjoy a cup of tea. However, this will be no ordinary tea party, but the first of three […]


Lecture: Paul Groner on the Japanese Monk Shunjō (1155-1227) and Tendai Monastic Discipline

21st Oct 2017
Dr. Paul Groner from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia will come to UBC and give us a Guest Lecture with the title: “The Thirteenth Fourteenth Century Encounter of Chinese Tiantai and Japanese Tendai” on October 23rd at 5 pm in Room 604 of the UBC Asian Center (1871 West Mall). This lecture is sponsored […]


Report: Academic workshop on “Buddhist Women: Practitioners and Teachers Past and Present”

20th Oct 2017
By Lisa Su Speakers from various institutions around North America congregated at the Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver Center to hold an academic workshop on the topic of “Buddhist Women: Practitioners and Teachers, Past and Present.” These speakers were not only scholars, but also Buddhist practitioners, and were able to relate their experiences throughout the presentation. The […]


Lecture: Dr. Ben Wood on Procedures for Locating Incarnations (tulkus) in Tibetan Historical Literature

4th Oct 2017
Searching for the Right Buddha: Procedures for Locating Incarnations (tulkus) in Tibetan Historical Literature UBC Himalaya Program is hosting a talk which will consider the topic of incarnate lamas (tulkus)—births of the same awakened consciousness in successive human bodies. It will focus particularly on the practices used to locate subsequent incarnations of deceased Tibetan lamas. These practices […]


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellowship and Grant Competitions in Buddhist Studies

27th Sep 2017
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in the 2017-18 competition year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and […]


Lecture: Prof. Wendi Adamek on Nirvāṇa Portrayed at Shanyingshan and Baoshan

27th Sep 2017
  We are excited to announce that Dr. Wendi Adamek, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary and holder of the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies, will give a Guest Lecture with the title: “Diving into Buddhahood: The Four Inversions at Shanyingshan and Baoshan” September 28, […]


UBC Himalaya Program Winter 2017 Course Offerings

4th Aug 2017
Interested in learning more about the Himalayan region? Take a look at these Himalaya-focused courses offered at UBC in Winter Term 2017/18! Choose from a selection of undergraduate and graduate-level courses with content relevant to the Himalayan region, taught by UBC Himalaya Program faculty. Courses include a wide variety of topics, from the exploration of […]


Buddhist Women: Practitioners and Teachers Past and Present

3rd Aug 2017
In this workshop we will hear about the activities of Buddhist women in both historical and contemporary contexts. The speakers will present examples from different cultural spheres, including China, Japan, and the US. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions and participate in discussions about the inclusion of women in teaching and practice of […]


Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: June

12th Jun 2017
Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: Intersections between Buddhism and Economics Past and Present Buddhism and economics is emerging as a significant field of scholarly inquiry. Having long ago abandoned the vision of Buddhist practitioners as recluses seeking individual soteriological ends at a remove from the “ordinary” world, students of history, philosophers, and specialists in […]


Ven. Dayuan at UBC: Converting Markets through Merit — June 17

12th Jun 2017
Converting Markets through Merit: Perspectives for Fostering a New Entrepreneurial Culture with Chan Buddhist Principles 陶朱道妙,臻於功德 :禪道對新型企業⽂化建設的前景 Date: 7pm Saturday June 17, 2017 Location: Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre, UBC Speaker: Venerable Dayuan Abbot of the Sixth Patriarch Temple in Sihui, Guangdong, China | 中國廣東四會六祖寺⽅丈 Vice President of the Buddhist Association of Guangdong Province | 廣東省佛教協會副會⾧ […]


Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies: Call for Papers — Edition 13 (2018)

12th Jun 2017
The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies is accepting articles for the 13th edition (2018). The submission deadline for the edition is September 30, 2017. The editorial board recognizes the inherently interdisciplinary and international nature of contemporary Buddhist studies and is open to submissions from scholars working in, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, […]



Social Subjects and Esoteric Buddhist Ritual: Reflections on Dr. Charles D. Orzech’s Talk at UBC’s Department of Asian Studies

23rd Mar 2017
On February 9, 2017, Dr. Charles Orzech of the University of Glasgow visited University of British Columbia’s Asian Centre and gave a lecture titled “Liturgy, Icon, and Text in the Development of Esoteric Buddhism.” Dr. Orzech is Reader in Religion, Conflict and Transition in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and Professor Emeritus […]


Update—MA Buddhist Art: History and Conservation at The Courtauld Institute of Art

19th Feb 2017
Last year, UBC was honoured to welcome Professor David Park for a screening of Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance. Professor Park is Director of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld Institute of Art, which includes an MA program in art conservation. The Institute recently announced a new format for the […]


Liturgy, Icon, and Text in the Development of Esoteric Buddhism — Feb 9

18th Jan 2017
  When: 4pm, February 9, 2017 Where: UBC Department of Asian Studies, Room 604. Visualization is commonly regarded as the sine qua non of tantric Buddhist practice, and scholars have sought to trace the relationship between visualization and the use of images in the evolution of tantric or esoteric Buddhist ritual.  Thus, dhāraṇī scriptures have often been classified as ‘proto-tantric’ […]


Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies: Call for Papers – Edition 12 (2017)

18th Jan 2017
The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, published by the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication, is a scholarly peer-reviewed, open access, online journal covering all aspects of Buddhist studies. The editorial board recognizes the inherently interdisciplinary and international nature of contemporary Buddhist studies and is open to submissions from scholars working in, but not limited […]


Nepali and Tibetan Language at UBC — Summer 2017

29th Dec 2016
The Himalaya Program is pleased to announce our Summer 2017 Nepali and Tibetan language courses.  In the summer of 2016, the Himalaya Program offered short, intensive one-credit courses in the Nepali and Tibetan languages. We are now planning for our second year and will once again offer both Nepali and Tibetan language courses in early […]


Artist’s Talk on Contemporary Tibetan Art — Dec 1

21st Nov 2016
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Call for Papers: Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit — 19–21 May 2017

23rd Oct 2016
Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: Intersections between Buddhism and Economics Past and Present Buddhism and economics is emerging as a significant field of scholarly inquiry. Having long ago abandoned the vision of Buddhist practitioners as recluses seeking individual soteriological ends at a remove from the “ordinary” world, students of history, philosophers, and specialists in the subdiscipline […]


Lecture by Dartmouth College’s Sienna Craig on Tibetan Medicine — Nov 7

23rd Oct 2016
UBC’s Himalaya Program invites you to join us for the second talk of the Himalaya Program Fall Event Series!   Visit the Himalaya Program website  for full event details. Please RSVP for this FREE event.



Lines and Enlightenment: Chan Buddhism and Literature in Medieval China — Aug 9

5th Aug 2016
Venue: Asian Center 604, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Co-sponsors:  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum  The relationship between literary and religious activities has been a lasting theme for any society of any time all over the world. One lens to see through the patterns of […]


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Richard Jaffe on Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western Turn’

20th Jul 2016
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to welcome Professor Richard Jaffe, who will present a keynote address for our annual conference, “Buddhism in the Global Eye”: “Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western Turn’: South/Southeast Asia and the Forging of the Japanese Buddhist Modern” Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 7:30 to 9:00 pm […]


Keynote Lecture: Prof. David McMahan on Buddhism and Global Secularisms

20th Jul 2016
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to welcome Professor David L. McMahan, who will present a keynote address for our annual conference, “Buddhism in the Global Eye”: “Buddhism and Global Secularisms” Thursday, August 11, 2016 | 7:30 to 9:00 pm UBC | Asian Centre | Auditorium | 1871 West Mall The […]


Green Monday – From Mindful Eating to Mindful Ecosystem — July 24

19th Jul 2016
Link to David Yeung’s interview with Tricycle Magazine


Conference Page Posted for “Buddhism in the Global Eye”

11th Jul 2016
We are happy to inform you that the conference website has been updated with registration information, abstracts, schedule, links to detailed posts for the keynote addresses and more. Click here to visit the conference webpage Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West University of British Columbia • August 10–12, 2016  Click here to register This […]


Study with the UBC Himalaya Program in the upcoming 2016-2017 Academic Year

13th Jun 2016
Reimagine Regional Studies   Study with the UBC Himalaya Program in the upcoming 2016-2017 Academic Year. Choose from a selection of exciting, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate level courses with content related to the Himalayan region. Feed your curiosity about Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Tibetan cultural zones that traverse all of these countries […]


Talk by Dr. Dzung Vo: The Mindful Teen: Secular and Buddhist Mindfulness for Adolescents

19th May 2016
UPDATE: Dr. Vo’s talk was recently featured on the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies’ blog! Click here to visit their site! On the night of March 22, scholars, Vancouver’s Buddhist community members and interested public attended Dr. Dzung X. Vo’s talk on mindful clinical therapy for adolescents and controversies surrounding secular mindfulness. Dr. Vo, MD, FAAP, […]


Talk by Prof. Mark Unno (University of Oregon): Madness and Buddhist Compassion

19th May 2016
UPDATE: The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies featured Prof. Unno’s talk in their blog! Click here to visit their site! On March 21, 2016, the Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia welcomed Dr. Mark Unno from the University of Oregon, with his guest lecture titled “Madness and Buddhist Compassion”. In his […]


Talk by HH Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ — May 15

19th May 2016
The Relevance of Tibetan Buddhism in the 21st Century UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce that HH Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa’s talk is available for viewing online! Use the link below to view and share. http://mediasitemob1.mediagroup.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/2298fdc0e771411e94af8b305a0351941d Join us on Sunday, May 15, for a talk by HH Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre. Place: Frederic […]


Nepali and Tibetan Language Courses at UBC

24th Apr 2016
We are pleased to announce that short, intensive one-credit courses in the Nepali and Tibetan languages are now open for enrolment through the UBC Student Service Centre. There are still spaces available – if you are a current UBC student or affiliate please join us! Access Studies students who registered before March 15th may also […]


The Universal Features of Meditation with Paul Fleischman — April 26

9th Apr 2016
Tue, Apr 26 at 7:00 PM, FREE RSVP required: Click here to RSVP This lecture will describe six common features that all meditations share: self observation, non-violent social attitudes, the ability to question the validity of one’s own thoughts, valuing community, self-directed living, and resilience in the face of frustration and loss. This lecture with author, […]


Talk by Columbia University’s Michael Como — April 5

4th Apr 2016
Please join us for a talk by Professor Michael Como (Columbia University), presented by the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum and the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Angry Spirits and Urban Soundscapes in Ancient Japan When: Tuesday, April 5 | 4 – 5:30 PM Where: CK Choi Building, Room 231 |UBC RSVP: Jinhua Chen (jinhuachen2013@gmail.com) Abstract: From […]


Buddhism and Mental Health: An Informal Discussion with Mark Unno and Dzung Vo, Moderated by Carole Christensen

18th Mar 2016
Date: Tuesday, March 22 Time: 7–8 pm Location: Asian Centre Auditorium | UBC   Following Dr. Vo’s lecture, “The Mindful Teen: Secular and Buddhist Mindfulness for Adolescents,” Dr. Carole Christensen, Professor Emerita of UBC’s School of Social Work, will moderate an informal discussion with Dr. Vo and Dr. Unno on the theme of Buddhism and mental […]


Seduction and Spellcraft in an Apocryphal Buddhist Scripture

19th Feb 2016
UBC Buddhist Studies Forum and SSHRC proudly present a lecture by Prof. James Benn (McMaster University) Date and time: February 26, 2016, 4:00-5:30pm Venue: Asian Library, Room 506, 1871 West Mall, BC, V6T1Z2   The important Chinese Buddhist apocryphon “Scripture of the Heroic March” (Lengyan jing) famously begins with the nearly successful seduction of the Buddha’s cousin […]


Workshop for College Teachers in Theravada Buddhist Studies — July 31–Aug 6, 2016

6th Feb 2016
Workshop for College ‪Teachers‬ in ‪Theravāda ‪Buddhist‬ Studies, supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation through the American Council of Learned Societies Program in Buddhist Studies. Arizona State University July 31-August 6, 2016 Application Deadline is April 15, 2016 https://car.clas.asu.edu/aclsho-workshop/ For further inquiries, please e-mail us at asia@asu.edu   With the support of The Robert N. Ho Family Foundation and […]



Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance: Upcoming Film Screening at UBC — Feb 17

21st Jan 2016
Join us Wednesday, February 17 for a screening of Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance at UBC’s Frederic Wood theatre. Free — no registration required. Click here for a map to the theatre. The spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of truly great art. This sumptuous new film by award-winning filmmakers Mark Stewart Productions tells […]


Public Lecture: Phillip Bloom on Visualizing Ritual in the Song Dynasty

20th Jan 2016
Join us at the Frederic Lasserre building on January 21 for Dr. Bloom’s talk!  


Making and Defending Sacred Space: Parasols in Dunhuang Buddhist Rituals

20th Jan 2016
UBC Buddhist Studies Forum, Kameyama Lecture Series and Centre for Chinese Research (CCR) proudly presents a lecture by Prof. Xin YU 余欣 (Fudan University & Princeton University) Date and time: January 21 (Thursday), 2016, 3:30–5:00pm Venue:  Asian Library, Room 506, 1871 West Mall, BC, V6T1Z2 Professor Yu has investigated all manuscripts concerning parasols, mainly focusing on “Liturgies for Installing Parasols” 安傘文 from Dunhuang. He argues […]


A Reflection on DDVC’s Second Academic Workshop, by Lisa Su

13th Nov 2015
    A Workshop co-sponsored by DDVC and UBC A congregation of Buddhist scholars gathered at the Dharma Drum Vancouver Center on Saturday, October 4th, in the late hours of the afternoon. They come from all over the world to attend the conference on Paper, Print and Cyberspace: The Perspective of a Global Network for the […]


Upcoming Opportunities for Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

5th Nov 2015
Applications for fellowships in Buddhist studies are now available online at ofa.acls.org/. The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies invites applications for the following competitions: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative […]


Report: “Buddhist Studies Today” Symposium, Summer 2015

29th Sep 2015
This summer UBC hosted a symposium, “Buddhist Studies Today,” bringing established Buddhist Studies scholars together with the first cohort of recipients of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies through the American Council of Learned Societies. This special event was held on July 7–9 at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced […]


Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies: Call for Papers

25th Sep 2015
After ten years leading the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies Professor Suwanda Sugunasiri has decided to retire from the journal to pursue his own creative projects. We are grateful for his long-term commitment to Buddhist studies in Canada and look forward to further developing the journal under the leadership of a new editorial board. We are pleased too […]


New Sound Recording Available

25th Sep 2015
A sound recording of C. Pierce Salguero’s keynote address given at this past summer’s conference, Buddhism and Wellbeing, is now available! Click here to listen to Dr. Salguero’s talk. Stay tuned for information on next year’s conference, and please sign up for our mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events! On May 29, 2015, The Robert […]


Conference: Paper, Print, and Cyberspace: Interdisciplinary Studies of Buddhism — Oct 4-5

15th Sep 2015
Paper, Print, and Cyberspace: The Perspective of a Global Network for the Multimedia and Interdisciplinary Studies of Buddhism and East Asian Religions This academic workshop, co-sponsored by Dharma Drum Vancouver Center and the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum, brings together scholars to discuss Buddhism and other East Asian religions from a variety of perspectives. This free […]


Call For Papers: Buddhism in the Global Eye — August 10–12, 2016

6th Sep 2015
Buddhism in the Global Eye: Beyond East and West The 6th Annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference, hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (Jessica L. Main, director) and co-sponsored by The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective Project (SSHRC Insight Grant, John S. Harding, […]


Symposium: Contemporary Buddhist Philosophy

25th Aug 2015
Join us for an upcoming symposium on Buddhism and Contemporary Philosophy hosted by Evan Thompson and Jessica Main. We are pleased to welcome Bronwyn Finnigan, Tom Tillemans, and Koji Tanaka through the support of UBC’s Department of Philosophy and The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society. 1:00 – 4:30 PM Saturday, […]


Buddhist Studies Today: Report from the Vancouver Sun

7th Jul 2015
Scholars talk Buddhism’s value in modern society Symposium hints at Vancouver’s rise as global cultural centre By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun, July 5, 2015 An elite group of Buddhism academics have gathered in Vancouver to advance the study of the religion’s philosophies and applications in the modern world, a gathering that organizers say shows the […]


Keynote Address: Pierce Salguero on the Global History of Buddhism & Medicine

18th May 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is pleased to welcome C. Pierce Salguero (Assistant Professor Penn State University / Abington College) as this year’s keynote speaker. He will present a lecture entitled, “Toward a Global History of Buddhism & Medicine” Friday, May 29, 2015 | 7:00 to 8:30 pm UBC | Asian […]


Public Lecture: Frances Wood on Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, and the Silk Roads

16th May 2015
In celebration of UBC Library’s centennial, author and former British Library curator of Chinese collections Dr. Frances Wood, will speak on the movement of ideas and icons across Central Asia facilitated by the Silk Road trade routes: “From Buddhism to Nestorian Christianity: The Importance of the Silk Roads in the Movement of Ideas and Religions […]


Conference Page Posted for “Buddhism and Wellbeing”

12th May 2015
http://buddhism.arts.ubc.ca/conferences/buddhism-and-wellbeing-may-28-30-2015/


Public Lecture: David Loy on Buddhism and the Ecological Challenge

25th Mar 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to welcome David Loy, who will present a lecture entitled, “Buddhism and the Ecological Challenge” Friday, May 15, 2015 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm UBC | Asian Centre | Auditorium | 1871 West Mall Buddhism, like many forms of “spirituality,” tends to be divorced from […]


Academic Workshop: Buddhism Now at Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre

13th Mar 2015
This academic workshop, presented by Dharma Drum Vancouver Center, brings together four distinguished scholars of Buddhism to give lectures on the theme of “Buddhism Now: Opportunities and Challenges.” This free workshop will be open to all members of the public and academic community who have an interest in contemporary Buddhism. To register for this event, go to http://www.ddmba.ca Sunday, […]


Public Lecture: Wendi Adamek on Fathers and Daughters in Chinese Buddhism

8th Mar 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society and the UBC Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum are delighted to welcome Professor Wendi Adamek (University of Calgary), who will present a lecture entitled, “Fathers and Daughters in Chinese Buddhism” Friday, April 10, 2015 | 4:00 to 5:30 pm UBC | Asian Centre | Auditorium | 1871 West Mall […]


Public Lecture: Raoul Birnbaum on Hongyi Dashi, the 20th Century Chinese Monk

8th Mar 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society and the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum are delighted to welcome Professor Raoul Birnbaum (University of California, Santa Cruz). He will present a lecture entitled, “Biographical Imperatives, Autobiographical Pacts: Hongyi Dashi and the Construction of Buddhist Lives in 20th c. China” Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm […]


Public Lecture: Brenton Sullivan on Tibetan Buddhist Monasticism

17th Feb 2015
“Between Heaven and Hell: The Daily Life of Tibetan Buddhist Monks and the Social Fabric of Tibet” Talk by Brenton Sullivan, Sunday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., in Room 120 of the C. K. Choi Building. ​The image of monasteries in Tibet has suffered from the same sort of distortion affecting Tibetan history and society more […]


Video: Patricia Berger on the Manchu Emperors of China

8th Feb 2015
Prof. Patricia Berger, Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California, Berkeley, delivered a lecture on October 28, 2014 at UBC Robson Square. Her lecture, titled “Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China” looked at the important role of Buddhist painting, sculpture, and decorative arts produced by Imperial Qing court artists […]


Tomorrow!: Public Lecture by LeRon Harrison on Japanese Buddhism and Gagaku, or Court Music

4th Feb 2015
The Centre for Japanese Research at UBC is proud to sponsor a public lecture by Prof. LeRon Harrison from the University of Oregon. Prof. Harrison will speak about: “Buddhism and Gagaku“ Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Venue: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall Gagaku (Japanese court music) and Buddhism […]


Public Lecture: Mikael Adolphson on Violence, Warfare, and Buddhism in Japanese Society

6th Jan 2015
Prof. Mikael Adolphson from University of Alberta will deliver a talk entitled “Violence, Warfare and Buddhism in Japanese Society” Date: January 15 (Thursday) Time: 4:00-5:30 pm. Venue: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, University of British Columbia, 251 – 1855 West Mall This talk is sponsored by the UBC Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum and the Centre for Japanese Research. […]


Obituary: Professor Ian Charles Harris (June 17th 1952 to December 23rd 2014)

6th Jan 2015
Former Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Professor, Ian Harris, passed away in December. Many at the Institute of Asian Research who worked with him during his time at the University of British Columbia in 2008 mourn his loss. Below, we have appended an obituary by Prof. Peter Harvey (General Editor, Buddhist Studies Review and co-founder of […]


Public Lecture: John Kieschnick on the Buddhist Rosary in Imperial China

6th Dec 2014
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC is delighted to welcome Professor John Kieschnick (Stanford University) as part of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series and “Forbidden City” exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Prof. Kieschnick will present a lecture entitled, “The Religious […]


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society

6th Dec 2014
On October 17, 2014, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced the renaming of the University’s Chair and Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society to The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and […]


The Embodied Mind: Tricycle Interviews UBC Philosopher Evan Thompson

28th Oct 2014
Recently, UBC’s Professor Evan Thompson shared his thoughts and research on Buddhism and science in an interview for Tricycle Magazine. “To be fruitful, the encounter between Buddhism and science demands intellectual boundary crossers—rare scholars who are expert in both realms, who can translate ideas across the divide and identify and critically appraise assumptions each side brings […]


Workshop: Charlotte von Verschuer on The Illustrated Biography of the Priest Ippen

25th Oct 2014
Thanks to the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver, Professor Christina Laffin will be hosting Dr. Charlotte von Verschuer from the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) for a week long visit as part of the French Scholars Series. Through the support of the Robert H.N. Ho Family […]


Public Lecture: Patricia Berger on Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China

10th Oct 2014
The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, in cooperation with the Vancouver Art Gallery, present Prof. Patricia Berger. Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China UBC Robson Square | Theatre-Room C300 (lower level) 800 Robson Street Tuesday, October 28 | 7 – 9pm Berkley-based scholar and […]


Renaming Ceremony: The RHNHFF Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society

6th Oct 2014
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair And Program In Buddhism and Contemporary Society Recognition Ceremony at the University of British Columbia October 17, 2014 | 11:00 am Institute of Asian Research at the CK Choi Building Remarks Professor Gage Averill Dean, Faculty of Arts Professor Yves Tiberghien Director, Institute of Asian Research Professor […]


Call for Papers: Buddhism and Wellbeing Conference: May 28-30, 2015

6th Oct 2014
Full conference webpage may be found here: http://buddhism.arts.ubc.ca/conferences/buddhism-and-wellbeing-may-28-30-2015/ The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, University of British Columbia, will host the fifth annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference at UBC’s Point Grey campus. “Buddhism and Wellbeing: Therapeutic Approaches to Human Flourishing” We are pleased to welcome […]


Public Lecture: Shi Zhiru on Bells, Hells, and Dizang in Chinese Buddhism

27th Sep 2014
We are pleased to welcome Professor Shi Zhiru (Pomona College) to UBC.  Her lecture entitled, “For Whom The Bell Tolls: Bells, Hells, and Venerating Dizang in China” will take place at: UBC Robson Square | Room C100 | 800 Robson Street Monday, OCTOBER 20, 2014 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM Lectures are free and open to the public. Please […]


Public Lecture: André Laliberté on Buddhist Philanthropy in China

9th Jun 2014
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, is pleased to welcome Professor André Laliberté, for a talk entitled “The Growth of Buddhist philanthropy in contemporary China,” on June 16, 2014 at the Institute for Asian Research, UBC, Point Grey campus.   Date: Monday, June 16 Time: 4:00-6:00 […]


Public Lecture: Brian Victoria on Zen Terrorism in 1930s Japan

8th Jun 2014
UBC's Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, is pleased to welcome Professor Brian Victoria, for a talk on "Zen Terrorism: Meditation as a Terrorist Weapon in 1930s Japan" on June 9, 2014 at the Asian Centre, UBC, Point Grey campus.


Conference: Buddhism and Politics in the Twentieth-Century

30th May 2014
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a conference on Buddhism and Politics on June 6-7, 2014 at the C.K. Choi Building, Point Grey campus. ***Event is free and open to public registrants***  Register here Refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be available for registered guests. The organizers […]


Workshop: Buddhism and the Work of Care

6th May 2014
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program will present a workshop on Buddhist perspectives on the work of care: Date: Friday, May 9th, 2014 Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)  Place: C. K. Choi Building, Room 120 Lectures are free and open to the public. To account for numbers, please RSVP here.


Public Lecture: Rongdao Lai on Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism

30th Mar 2014
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by the Venerable Rongdao Lai. “Becoming Citizens: Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism” Date: Wednesday, 9 April 2014 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating […]


Call for Papers: Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (June 6th – 7th)

4th Mar 2014
“Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century” UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a conference on Buddhism and the politics in the twenty-first century June 6-7, 2014 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. Abstract and short biography submission deadline:  March 28, […]


Call for Papers: Buddhist Perspectives on the Work of Care (May 9th – 10th)

3rd Mar 2014
“Buddhist Perspectives on the Work of Care” UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a workshop on Buddhist perspectives on the work of care May 9-10, 2014 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. Abstract and short biography submission deadline:  March 28, 2014 […]


Video: Georgios Halkias on Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

28th Jan 2014
**Reblogged from Asia Pacific Memo*** Featuring Georgios T. Halkias A few months ago the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Georgios T. Halkias a noted scholar of Pure Land Buddhism, particularly of the Himalayan region, and the author ofLuminous Bliss, A Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012). He was a […]


Jan 20 and 22 (Chinese Language): Visit from Monks of Longquan Monastery, Beijing to UBC

20th Jan 2014
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, generously supported by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, together with UBC’s Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum, are pleased to welcome Ven. Xianli 賢立 and Xianxun 賢遜 to UBC campus. (These are Chinese language talks. Oral translation is available when necessary) Jan 20: Rénshēng de kŭ yŭ lè——Fójiào de jiàzhí […]


Conference: New Perspectives on Buddhist Sacred Sites in East Asia

25th Jul 2013
UBC Buddhist Studies Forum presents a conference: “The Space That Is More than Space: New Perspectives on Buddhist Sacred Sites in East Asia” Room 604, UBC Asian Centre, The University of British Columbia (UBC), August 2, 2013 8:30AM-8:50AM     Registration 8:50AM-9:00AM     Welcome Remarks 9:00AM-10:00AM Keynote speaker: Ven. Shenkai 釋聖凱 (Associate Professor, Tsinghua University), “Zhongguo fojiao […]


Keynote Addresses: Georgios Halkias and Masahiro Shimoda

15th May 2013
You are cordially invited to two keynotes addresses for the conference, “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought”: Dr. Georgios Halkias – Pure Land in Tibet Dr. Masahiro Shimoda – Pure Land in Ancient India *Please click on links above to register for each keynote lecture. Dr. Georgios Halkias, Oxford University, will […]


New Grant Programs from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation (ACLS)

15th May 2013
The Robert H. N Ho Family Foundation announces a set of grant opportunities for scholars and graduate students in Buddhist Studies.


Conference: The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures

14th May 2013
All are welcome to register and attend the conference and keynote lectures. *Registration fee includes meals and refreshments for the weekend. The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought Conference will be taking place at the Vancouver campus of University of British Columbia from May 31 to June 2, 2013. For full schedule, […]


Three Lectures on Chinese and Japanese Buddhism

28th Feb 2013
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, in conjunction with the Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum, Kameyama Lecture Series, and Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program, presents three lectures on Buddhism this March: Dr. Weirong Shen, research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, will present his lecture: Fiction in History and History in Fiction: “The Secret Meditation […]


Public Lecture: Albert Welter on Buddhist Relic Veneration in Medieval China

15th Jan 2013
UBC’s Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum, together with the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program (generously supported by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Foundation), are pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Professor Albert Welter, University of Winnipeg. January 24, 5:00 – 6:30pm, Asian Center 604 “Buddhist Rulers and Rulers of Buddhists: Buddhist Relic Veneration in […]


CFP: The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures (UBC, 2013)

25th Nov 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013 Abstracts due: February 1, 2013 Papers due: May 23, 2013 Conference website: http://pureland2013.wordpress.com Pure Land Buddhist traditions have been some of the largest and most influential in Buddhist history, and remain so to […]


MOA Event: One Million Grains of Light

22nd Oct 2012
A group of Tibetan monks from the Dzongkar Choede monastery will be visiting the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) for a  4 day sand mandala creation. They will be here on October 24,25,27,and 28 to create and demonstrate the making of a sand mandala, and will finalize with the destruction of the piece.


Photos from Three Lectures on Korean Buddhism

9th Oct 2012
The UBC Buddhism and Contemporary Society held a series of three lectures and a roundtable discussion. These lectures and the roundtable were held at the C. K. Choi Building.


Three Lectures on Korean Buddhism

6th Sep 2012
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program will present three evening lectures on Korean Buddhism this September: Lectures are free and open to the public. To account for numbers, please RSVP here.


Film: Tezuka Osamu’s “Buddha” to Premiere in Vancouver

6th Sep 2012
Tezuka Osamu’s Buddha: The Great Departure Canadian Premiere, in Japanese with English subtitles *One Night Only* Where: Pacific Cinemateque, 1131 Howe St., Vancouver When: Tuesday, September 11 7:30 pm Tickets: $8 at www.moa.ubc.ca/eventtickets Check out the premiere’s Facebook Event. For a PDF poster, click here. Presented by the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Canadian Society for Asian Arts, and UBC Buddhism and […]


Photos from “Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art” Conference

4th Sep 2012
Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art, the conference organized by UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, was held last July 6 to 8, 2012, at the CK Choi Building and the Museum of Anthropology. This conference was held in conjunction with the Visions of Enlightenment exhibition (also at the Museum of Anthropology)  sponsored by the Canadian […]


Keynote Address: Cynthea Bogel

18th Jun 2012
Professor Cynthea J. Bogel, Kyushu University, will present a keynote address for the conference, “Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art”: “New Roads to Nirvana: Visual Buddhism, Modern Eyes” Date: Friday, July 6, 2012 Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) Place: Museum of Anthropology, 6393 North West Marine Drive RSVP is required: Please click here. http://goo.gl/jHrM6  […]


Conference Panel: New Interactions with Japan Buddhist Images and Ideas

15th Jun 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:30am – 11:45am “Pilgrimage to Two Local Temples in Kyushu” Sherry Fowler (University of Kansas). By the sixteenth century many temples in Japan with a central icon of Kannon (Avalokiteśvara) were organized into different thirty-three stop pilgrimage routes covering thousands of kilometers. Over the centuries because of the success of the old […]


Conference Panel: Western Appearances

15th Jun 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012, 1:30pm – 2:45pm “Legend of the Colfax Buddha Heads: Landscape, Race, and the Visual Cultures of Buddhist Modernism” Gregory Levine (University of California at Berkeley). In 2005, the artist Casey O’Connor surreptitiously seeded hundreds of porcelain objects cast


Conference Panel: Contemporary Artists and their Buddhist Inspirations

15th Jun 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012, 9:00am – 10:15am “Changing Perspectives: Politics, Identity and Buddhism in Contemporary Sri Lankan Art” Sabine Grosser (University of Paderborn). Politics, identity and Buddhism – contemporary Sri Lankan artists are facing a complex globalized


Conference Panel: Reframing Art in Contemporary South Asian and Himalayan Context

15th Jun 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012, 2:30pm – 3:45pm “Bulletproof Stupa: Framing the Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh” Catherine Becker (University of Illinois at Chicago). Buddhist art from ancient South Asia was often crafted to adorn stupas, earthen and brick relic mounds dedicated to the Buddha and eminent monks. Without the frame of a stupa or other reliquary, […]


Conference Schedule: Icons of Impermanence

15th Jun 2012
“Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art” The University of British Columbia, July 6-7, 2012, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, in conjunction with the Visions of Enlightenment: Buddhist Art at MOA exhibition. Friday, July 6, 2012 1:30pm – 2:30pm   Registration, C.K. Choi Building 2:30pm – 3:45pm   Panel 1: Reframing Art in Contemporary South […]


A Dialogue with Robert Thurman and Victor Chan

28th May 2012
The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education presents: Earlier this month, Douglas Todd weighed in on Robert Thurman’s visit to Vancouver. Read an excerpt below. Uma Thurman’s dad boosts Buddhism in Vancouver MAY 16 – The Vancouver Sun By Douglas Todd Professor Robert Thurman, father of Uma, has known the Dalai Lama for a long […]


Public Lecture: Robert Thurman on Buddhist Art

24th May 2012
As one of the sponsors of the Visions of Enlightenment exhibition of Buddhist Art at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA), The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Society is delighted to invite you to a lecture on the topic of Buddhist art by Prof. Robert Thurman this Sunday. Prof. Thurman is one of the best at making Tibetan art accessible […]


Exhibition: “Visions of Enlightenment” Opening May 10th at UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

7th May 2012
An Exhibition of Buddhist Art at MOA and lecture series, May 10 – Sep 30. 6393 NW Marine Drive. Opening Night is May 10 at 7 PM. Everyone welcome. Visions of Enlightenment will show examples of Buddhist art from the main Buddhist traditions: the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. In Vancouver, the latter traditions are well represented in […]


Public Lecture: Barend Jan Terwiel, Toward Understanding Thai Buddhism

3rd May 2012
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Barend Jan Terwiel. “Toward Understanding Thai Buddhism” Date: Friday, 18 May 2012 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Place: Michael Ames Theatre, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), 6393 NW Marine Drive Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. […]


Report: Simon Wickham-Smith’s Lecture on Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolian Literature

26th Apr 2012
 Around 20 people attended the exhaustive lecture by Simon Wickham-Smith on the Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolia, which was held in Conference Room 210 at the C.K. Choi Building in the UBC Point Grey Campus on the evening of January 26, 2012. In his lecture, Wickham-Smith spoke about the evocative works of seminal Mongolian poets writing in the 1980s […]


Photos from Jan W. Walls’ Lecture on Buddhism and Business Ethics

29th Feb 2012
The lecture on “Corporate Craving and Buddhist Compassion: Is There a Middle Ground for Buddhism in Business?” by Dr. Jan W. Walls took place in the C. K. Choi Building, on February 2, 2012.


Photos from Simon Wickham-Smith’s Lecture on Contemporary Mongolian Literature

27th Feb 2012
The lecture on “Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolian Literature” by Simon Wickham-Smith took place in the C. K. Choi Building, on January 26, 2012.


Report: Eugene Wang’s Lecture on the Dunhuang Caves

9th Feb 2012
Professor Eugene Wang presented his lecture “What to See in a Buddhist Cave?” to around 40 people at the C. K. Choi Building on November 30, 2011. Professor Wang began with a summary of the Dunhuang Caves, which are famous for their distinctive Buddhist murals and sculptures. Each cave had a specific layout inviting the […]


Call for Papers: Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art (July 6-8, 2012)

2nd Feb 2012
“Icons of Impermanence: Contemporary Buddhist Art” UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a conference on contemporary Buddhist art July 6-8, 2012 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. Part of event series for Summer 2012 that includes the “Visions of Enlightenment” exhibition […]


Public Lecture: Jan W. Walls on Corporate Craving and Buddhist Compassion

8th Jan 2012
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Jan W. Walls. “Corporate Craving and Buddhist Compassion: Is There a Middle Ground for Buddhism in Business?” Date: Thursday, 02 February 2012 Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating […]


Public Lecture: Simon Wickham-Smith on Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolian Literature

31st Dec 2011
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Simon Wickham-Smith. “Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolian Literature” Date: Thursday, 26 January 2012 Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors will […]


Kameyama Lecture: Eugene Wang on Dunhuang Cave Murals

18th Nov 2011
The UBC Kameyama Lecture Series, with the UBC Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, presents a lecture by Dr. Eugene Wang, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University: “What to See in a Buddhist Cave?” Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2011 Time: 4:30 – 6:00 PM Place: C.K. Choi Building, Room 120, 1855 West Mall, […]


Call for Papers: Buddhism and the Political Process (UofT Scarborough)

23rd Oct 2011
The Department of Humanities, University of Toronto Scarborough is pleased to present, A Call for Papers for: The Tung Lin Kok Yuen 東蓮覺苑 Conference on Buddhism and the Political Process (April 13-15, 2012) The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, graduate students and others. Proposals that include a max. 300 word abstract […]


Report on Dr. Paul Fleischman’s lecture on Vipassana Meditation

20th Oct 2011
Dr. Paul R. Fleischman gave a talk on “Vipassana Meditation: A Practice and a Path” to around two hundred people at the First Nations Longhouse’s Great Hall on September 29, 2011. He provided an detailed overview of its historical development, philosophical underpinnings, and practical requirements of this meditational practice–stressing its modern systematization and adaptation to modern lives. Dr. […]


Photos from Paul R. Fleischman’s Lecture on Vipassana Meditation

11th Oct 2011
The lecture on “Vipassana Meditation: A Practice and a Path” by Dr. Paul R. Fleischman took place in the First Nations Longhouse, on September 29, 2011.


Upaya Chaplain Candidate Kosu Boudreau Serves as CPE Provisional Teaching Supervisor in Toronto

11th Oct 2011
Kosu Boudreau is appointed as CPE Provisional Teaching Supervisor at Bridgepoint Health, the only Buddhist teaching supervisor certified by the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care. Kosu Boudreau (Third Cohort) is now a full-time CPE Provisional Teaching Supervisor at Bridgepoint Health, a complex chronic care hospital in Toronto. She supervises five students enrolled in their first […]


Focus on Buddhism at VIFF 2011

6th Oct 2011
Films Focused on Buddhism at this Year’s Vancouver International Film Festival: “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche” Screening Times: Sat. Oct 8, 6:45pm, Granville #2 Sun. Oct 9, 12:00pm, Granville #4 Wed. Oct 12, 1:30pm, Vancity Theatre The controversial monk who brought his “crazy wisdom” form of Buddhism to the West […]


UBC Yoga Club Movie Night and Icebreaker

4th Oct 2011
UBC Yoga Club presents its Icebreaker and Movie Night featuring: “Doing Time Doing Vipassana” Date: Monday, 17 October 2011 Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM Place: Norm Theater in SUB, 6138 Student Union Boulevard Cost: By Donation Winner of the Golden Spire Award at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival, this extraordinary documentary takes viewers […]


Public Lecture: Sonja Arntzen on Telling it Slant

29th Sep 2011
Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, will present a lecture: “Telling it Slant”: Dreams and Religious Meaning in the Sarashina Diary (Kameyama Lecture, Department of Asian Studies) 5:00 pm, Friday, September 30, at UBC’s Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Room 604 Altogether eleven dreams are recorded in Sarashina Diary (c. 1060 by Sugawara Takasue no […]


Reminder: Upcoming Lecture by Paul Fleischman on Vipassana Meditation

27th Sep 2011
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Dr. Paul R. Fleischman, the Vipassana Teacher responsible for Outreach in the West: “Vipassana Meditation: A Practice and a Path” Date: Thursday, 29 September 2011 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Place: First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC Point Grey Campus Lectures are free and open […]


Seminar: Jim Placzek on the Ordination of Women in Theravada Buddhism

20th Sep 2011
The Centre for Southeast Asian Research at the Institute of Asian Research presents a seminar by Dr. Jim Placzek: “Ordination of Women in Theravada Buddhism” Date: Friday, 30 Sep 2011; 4.30 – 6.00 PM Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, UBC Point Grey Campus, 1855 West Mall This seminar is free. In this seminar Dr. Placzek […]


Public Lecture: Paul Fleischman on Vipassana Meditation

25th Aug 2011
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Dr. Paul R. Fleischman, the Vipassana Teacher responsible for Outreach in the West: “Vipassana Meditation: A Practice and a Path” Date: Thursday, 29 September 2011 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Place: First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC Point Grey Campus Lectures are free and open […]


Report: Tim Ward’s Lecture, A “Behind the Robes” Account of Life in a Thai Monastery

2nd Aug 2011
On February 8, 2011, at the UBC Asian Centre Auditorium, Tim Ward addressed an audience of 30 people about his experiences as a novice in the Thai Forest tradition as part of a speaking tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of his book, What the Buddha Never Taught. He signed copies of his book and […]


Report: Donald Stadtner’s Lecture on Sacred Sites of Burma

25th Jul 2011
On May 29, 2011, Dr. Donald Stadtner spoke to around 40 museum-goers on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Based on his recent book, he discussed both established and new: “Sacred Sites of Burma”   Stadtner discussed the characteristics of successful sacred sites and reasons why they consistently draw large numbers of […]


New Buddhism-Related Courses in Art History: ARTH 353 and ARTH 455

17th Jul 2011
This year, professor Katherine Hacker (faculty page) will be offering two undergraduate courses in Art History that will discuss Himalayan Buddhism in both its premodern and contemporary forms. Prof. Hacker welcomes graduate students to her classes as well, and will tailor course work accordingly. ARTH 353: Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual, and Performance (Term 1) […]


Report: Ven. Sik Yin Kit’s Lecture on Teaching Vipassana in Canadian Prisons

11th Jul 2011
Around 90 people attended the Venerable Sik Yin Kit’s lecture on Prison Dhamma at I.K. Barber Centre, UBC campus, early Friday evening, March 18, 2011: “Dhamma in Prison: The True Transformation?”   The Venerable Sik reflected on her experiences as a meditation teacher in Fraser Valley prisons. She shared many stories and her views on […]


Workshop Report: Buddhists working in Prison, Corrections, and Rehabilitation: Volunteers, Chaplains and Teachers

22nd Jun 2011
On March 18th, 2011, UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program hosted an informal workshop on the work of Buddhist practitioners and professionals connected to the Canadian correctional system. The workshop was a chance for participants to share their experiences, ask questions, and discuss important issues. The demand for Buddhist professionals in corrections, both as chaplains […]


Photos from Donald Stadtner’s lecture on Sacred Sites of Burma

21st Jun 2011
 On Sunday, May 29, 2011, Dr. Donald Stadtner lectured on “Sacred Sites of Burma” at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.


Photos from the Venerable Sik Yin Kit’s Lecture on Prison Dhamma

4th Jun 2011
The lecture on “Dhamma in Prison – The True Transformation?” by the Venerable Sik Yin Kit took place in the Lillooet Room at IK Barber Learning Centre, on March 18, 2011.


Public Lecture: Donald Stadtner on Sacred Sites of Burma

13th May 2011
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Canadian Society for Asian Arts, Rosalie Stronck Family Foundation, and UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation present a lecture by Dr. Donald Stadtner: “Sacred Sites of Burma” Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011 Time: 1:00 – 2:o0 PM Place: MOA, 6393 NW Marine […]


APM: Japanese Buddhism After the Earthquake

5th Apr 2011
Japanese Buddhism After the Earthquake: Memorials, Spiritual Comfort, and Emergency Response Originally posted on March 31, 2011, at Asia Pacific Memo (#69) byJessica L. Main – jessica.main [at] ubc.ca On the 7th day after the earthquake, at precisely 2:46 p.m., sirens rang out along Japan’s northeastern coast. Millions paused, placing their palms together and bowing […]


UBC Tzu-chi Buddhist Forum holds Conference on Lay Buddhism

21st Mar 2011
“Lay Buddhism: An Old Issue Viewed in New Perspectives” March 24-26, 2011 The Eighth International Symposium  Sponsored by UBC Tzu-chi Buddhist Forum (to be held in the Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, UBC, Vancouver) Speakers include: Christoph Anderl (University of Oslo); Benjamin Brose (University of Michigan); Jinhua Chen (UBC); Paul Copp (University of Chicago); […]


Report: “Buddhism in Canada” Conference 2010

13th Mar 2011
From October 15 to 17, 2010, the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program convened an international conference on “Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions.” The conference was an opportunity to investigate the contours of Buddhism in Canada and its dramatic growth over the last forty years. All together, the conference drew around one hundred participants to […]


Photos from Tim Ward’s talk and book signing

12th Mar 2011
On February 8, 2011, at the UBC Asian Centre Auditorium, Tim Ward spoke about his experiences as a novice in the Thai Forest tradition and the 20th anniversary edition of his book, What the Buddha Never Taught. He also signed copies of his book for the audience members.


Public Lecture: Jim Placzek on the Bhikkuni Ordination Issue

9th Mar 2011
Fully Ordained Nuns in Theravada Buddhism Originally posted at Asia Pacific Memo by Jim Placzek – placzek66 [at] gmail.com There are no fully ordained nuns, or Bhikkhunis, in Theravada Buddhism. Last year, after 35 years in the West, the Theravadin Thai Forest Tradition found that the ordination of nuns had become a flashpoint. The Western […]


Public Lecture by Thich Nhat Hanh: Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.ca

3rd Mar 2011
The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, Plum Village, and UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, present a public talk by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master, of the Unified Buddhist Church and Plum Village Sangha: Tickets available now at Ticketmaster.ca “Open Mind, Open Heart: Touching the Wonders of Now” Date: Sunday, August 14 […]


Public Lecture: Venerable Sik Yin Kit on Dhamma in Prison

23rd Feb 2011
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Venerable Sik Yin Kit, the Head Nun of the Po Lam Buddhist Association of Chilliwack, BC: “Dhamma in Prison: The True Transformation?” Date: Friday, March 18 2011 Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Place: Lilloet Room, Room 301, I.K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC


Tsering Shakya on the Karmapa Controversy

10th Feb 2011
Karmapa Controversy – Raid on a Tibetan Monastery in India Originally posted at Asia Pacific Memo by Tsering Shakya – tsering.shakya [at] ubc.ca There is media frenzy in India following a police raid on the temple residence of Ugyen Thinley Dorje where $1.6 million in different foreign currencies – some in Chinese yuan – was […]


Public Lecture: Tim Ward on What the Buddha Never Taught

27th Jan 2011
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Tim Ward, author of five books and international communications consultant for development and environmental organizations.: “What the Buddha Never Taught: A “behind the robes” account of life in a Thai monastery” Date: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Place: Asian Centre, 1871West […]


Public Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, August 14, 2011

19th Jan 2011
This coming August, the Buddhism and Contemporary Society program is delighted to be part of a public talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, an event made possible by the generous sponsorship of the The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation. In addition, the Venerable Nhat Hanh will be holding a residential meditation retreat at UBC’s Point […]


Photos from “Buddhism in Canada” Conference 2010

5th Jan 2011
The international conference “Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions” was held last October 15 to 17, 2010, at the CK Choi Building and the Asian Centre.


MAPPS Stream: Media Representations of Asia: Culture, Religion, Nation (Media)

24th Nov 2010
The Master of Arts–Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAPPS) program, is developing a new stream: “Media Representations of Asia: Culture, Religion, Nation” or “Media,” for short. Here is a draft description that will be posted to the MAPPS program site when it is finalized. The stream module will deal with contemporary media representations of Buddhism and […]


Report: Mark Unno on Shin Buddhism and Interreligious Dialogue

25th Oct 2010
On September 23, 2010, at the I.K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC, Professor Mark Unno spoke before an audience of 60 interested individuals on: “Shin Buddhism in Interreligious Dialogue: A World of Teaching and Learning” In his talk, Professor Unno asked: “What is the potential of Shin Buddhism for dialogue with other religious groups in a […]


Photos from Mark Unno’s Lecture

8th Oct 2010
Professor Mark Unno delivered a lecture at UBC’s I.K. Barber Learning Centre on September 23, 2010: “Shin Buddhism in Interreligious Dialogue: A World of Teaching and Learning”


Kameyama Lecture: Eun-su Cho on 19th Century Korean Buddhism

7th Oct 2010
UBC Kameyama Lecture Series on Buddhist Studies Proudly Presents Professor Eun-su Cho of Seoul National University for the following talk: Late 19th Century Korean Buddhism – A Missing Link Date: Thursday, October 28 , 2010 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Location: Asian Center 604 Typical narratives of Korean history at the turn of the twentieth century list […]


Report: Phakchok Rinpoche on Social Development

4th Oct 2010
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon (September 18, 2010), Phakchok Rinpoche spoke about “Compassion in Action: Integrating Buddhism and Social Development” to an audience of 80 people at UBC’s I.K. Barber Learning Centre.   Phackchok Rinpoche presented a well-known orientation in Buddhist social engagement: that by developing the self, one can develop society. Helping others begins […]


Photos from Phakchok Rinpoche’s Lecture

1st Oct 2010
Phakchok Rinpoche gave a talk at UBC’s I.K. Barber Learning Centre on September 18, 2010: “Compassion in Action: Integrating Buddhism and Social Development”


“Buddhism in Canada” Conference: General Registration Open

27th Sep 2010
“The Buddhist concept of dependent origination teaches that things have no reified essence. Even Buddhism itself arises through causes and conditions. Buddhism has grown dramatically in Canada, especially during the last forty years, but we need to understand better the global causes and the local conditions behind this change in the religious landscape of Canada.” […]


Kameyama Lecture: James Benn on Tea

17th Sep 2010
UBC Kameyama Lecture Series on Buddhist Studies Proudly Presents Professor James Benn of McMaster University for the following talk: “Buddhist Episodes from the Prehistory of Tea in China” Date: Thursday, October 7 , 2010 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Location: Asian Center 604 James A. Benn (PhD, UCLA 2001) is Associate Professor of Buddhism and East […]


Public Lecture: Mark Unno on Shin Buddhism and Interreligious Dialogue

8th Sep 2010
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Mark Unno, Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions at the University of Oregon: “Shin Buddhism in Interreligious Dialogue: A World of Teaching and Learning” Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM Place: I.K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Dodson Room


Video: Hopkins Lectures at the Asian Centre

7th Sep 2010
Professor Jeffrey Hopkins, scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and Professor Emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, presented a lecture entitled Gender, Sexuality and Tibetan Buddhism: How Sex Is Used in the Spiritual Path at UBC’s Asian Centre (April 20, 2009):  


Public Lecture: Phakchok Rinpoche on Buddhism and Social Development

1st Sep 2010
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Phakchok Rinpoche, head of the Tibetan Taklung Kagyu lineage: “Compassion in Action: Integrating Buddhism and Social Development” Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM Place: I.K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Dodson Room


Keynote Address: Raphaël Liogier

31st Aug 2010
Professor Raphaël Liogier, from the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, will present a keynote address for the conference, “Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions”: “Buddhism and the Hypothesis on Individuo-globalism” Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010 Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm Place:Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Auditorium In the advanced industrial countries, new religious movements (NRMs) are […]


Keynote Address: Charles Prebish

31st Aug 2010
Professor Charles S. Prebish,  from Utah State University, will present a keynote address for the conference, “Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions”: “The Swans Came to Canada Too: Looking Backward and Looking Forward.” Date: Friday, October 15, 2010 Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm Place:Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Auditorium Following the change in immigration law […]


Conference Panel: Establishing Buddhism in Canada

30th Aug 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 11:30am – 1:00pm “The Lotus and the Maple Leaf:  The Evolution of Soka Gakkai Buddhism in Canada.” Daniel A. Métraux (Mary Baldwin College). My proposed paper will focus on the foundation and subsequent expansion of Soka Gakkai International in Canada  (SGI-Canada).  At present SGI has chapters in most of Canada’s major […]


Conference Panel: Tradition and Authenticity in Tibetan Buddhism

30th Aug 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9:30am – 11:00am “The Play of Meaning: Reflections on a Canadian Buddhist Death Ritual.” Angela Sumegi (Carleton University). In this paper, I explore the challenges and advantages of constructing a Buddhist death ritual peculiar to local conditions. The local


Conference Panel: Going Forth From Canada: Practicing Abroad

30th Aug 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 2:30pm – 3:30pm “Separate Communities in Thailand’s International Meditation Centers.” Brooke Schedneck (Arizona State University). Paul Numrich and Wendy Cadge have written about the phenomenon of parallel congregations in American Buddhist temples, where native-born American practitioners were involved in the same temple


Conference Panel: Beyond the Temple: Exchange in Digital, Artistic, and Literary Worlds

30th Aug 2010
Saturday, October 15, 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am “Correspondence Schools: Zen Buddhist Ecologies in Contemporary Canadian Art.” Melissa Curley (University of Iowa). Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Canadian artists working in what is broadly characterized as the alternative tradition in contemporary art made important contributions to transnational networks of artistic production and exchange. Vancouver was a […]


Conference Panel: Going Forth To Canada: Negotiating Authenticity at Home I and II

30th Aug 2010
Saturday, October 15, 2010, Part I: 10:00am – 11:30am “Sri Lankan Buddhists’ Transmission Strategies and the Culturally Negotiated Buddhist Tradition in Toronto.” D. Mitra Bhikkhu (Wilfrid Laurier University). Drawing on two years of field research with Sri Lankan Buddhists in Toronto, this paper examines how and what they transmit to their children. Their transmitting strategies […]


Conference Panel: Developments in Canadian Buddhism

30th Aug 2010
Friday October 15, 2010, 4:00pm – 5:30pm “The Early Development of Shin Buddhism in Canada.” Michihiro Ama (University of Alaska Anchorage). During the beginning of the twentieth century, Shin Buddhism, Jôdo Shinshû Nishi Honganji denomination, became the major form of ethnic Buddhism in North America. Buddhist Mission of North America (BMNA), whose operation began in […]


Conference Panel: Canadian Buddhist Outreach: Hospitals and Prisons

30th Aug 2010
Friday October 15, 2010, 2:30pm – 3:30pm “Buddhism in Canada’s Health Care: Broadening the Spectrum of Human Experience at End of Life.” Anne Bruce (University of Victoria). Buddhism has been and continues to be a religion that is concerned about dying, death and the dead. Buddha declared that among all the realizations, the realization of […]


Conference Schedule: Buddhism in Canada

30th Aug 2010
“Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions” The University of British Columbia, October 15-17, 2010, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Numata Foundation. Registration, refreshments, meals, and all conference panels will be held at the C.K. Choi Building in the […]


Thich Nhat Hanh to Visit Vancouver in August 2011

26th Aug 2010
The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and monastics of Plum Village, Deer Park Monastery, Blue Cliff Monastery, and Magnolia Village will hold a residential meditation retreat and a public lecture in Vancouver, August of 2011: ***official website: http://www.tnhvancouver2011.org/*** Retreat: “Awakening the Heart” Dates: August 8-13, 2011 Location: UBC Point Gray Campus (more details available here) Lecture: […]


ASIA 450: Special Topics in Buddhist Studies, Winter 2011

27th Jul 2010
Theravada Buddhist Stories: Ancient Texts to Modern Film (3 credits) Course Syllabus Excerpt Jan – Apr 2011, Tue / Thu    10:00-11:00      Buchanan B218 Instructor: Jessica L. Main, jessica.main@ubc.ca, (604) 822-9305, C.K. Choi Building, Room 283 Office hours: TBA Course Description: The course will examine Theravada Buddhism, the Buddhism of Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), […]


ASIA 250: Introduction to Buddhism, Fall 2010

27th Jul 2010
Introduction to Buddhism: Modernism and Other Forms (3 credits) Course Syllabus Excerpt Mon/Wed   10:00-11:00      Buchanan B315 Fri     10:00-11:00        McLeod 202 Office hours: Mondays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Instructor: Jessica L. Main, jessica.main@ubc.ca, (604) 822-9305, C.K. Choi Building, Room 283 Course Description: We will move from the Buddhism many know, “Buddhist modernism,” to forms of […]


Threads, Robes, and Alms-Rounds: Thai Buddhist Monks in the Recent Yellow Shirt vs. Red Shirt Conflict

22nd Jul 2010
by Jessica L. Main, reposted from Asia Pacific Memo. Reports disseminated by Buddhist news aggregators suggest instances when Buddhist monks act along political “lines” while claiming political neutrality. The recent conflict in Thailand is no exception.


Introducing Asia Pacific Memo

8th Jul 2010
The Institute of Asian Research at UBC has launched a new blog: ASIA PACIFIC MEMO. It features accessible scholarly knowledge about contemporary Asia. New content will be published 2+ times a week, normally on Tuesday and Thursday. The Memo will also occasionally post short pieces on contemporary Buddhism. Learn how to subscribe, or follow the […]


Second Meeting of the Lower Mainland Buddhism Group

1st Jun 2010
Gathering at Steveston Buddhist Temple held on May 27, 2010 Rev. Grant Ikuta welcomed us with a brief history and tour of the temple, and from its unique altar space, arched beams shaped like bodhi-leaves, flanking portraits of the founding couple, Shinran and Eshinni, to the two dragons on its central censer, the temple has […]


Call for Papers: Buddhism in Canada

26th May 2010
Conference: "Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions" (October 15-17, 2010). Buddhism has grown dramatically in Canada, especially during the last forty years, but we need to understand better the global causes and the local conditions behind this change in the religious landscape of Canada.


Report: Michael Zimmermann on Buddhism and Society

9th May 2010
On April 26 and 27, 2010, Professor Michael Zimmermann presented two well-received lectures at UBC’s Asian Centre and C.K. Choi Building, “Is Violence Avoidable? On War and Peace in Indian Buddhism” and “Engaged Buddhism: Social Entanglement with Spiritual Gain?” Zimmermann challenged his audience with the perennial issue of violence and religion, offering a periodization of […]


Photos from Zimmermann’s Lectures

30th Apr 2010
Professor Michael Zimmerman gave two lectures at UBC (April 26 and 27, 2010): “Is Violence Avoidable? On War and Peace in Indian Buddhism.” “Engaged Buddhism: Social Entanglement with Spiritual Gain?”


Report: John McRae Rethinks the Early History of Chan Buddhism

15th Apr 2010
Professor John McRae, a well-known scholar of Chinese Chan Buddhism, presented a lecture on early Chan history entitled, “Rethinking Bodhidharma and the Beginnings of Chinese Chan/Zen Buddhism,” at the Asian Centre on February 4, 2010. The lecture drew around 50 students and faculty. Professor McRae kept all on their toes, combining careful text analysis with […]


UBC-TCU-RUC: Summer program in Buddhist Studies, 2010

22nd Mar 2010
reposted from the UBC-TCU-RUC Summer Program in Buddhist Studies homepage. The University of British Columbia (UBC), Tzu-chi University (TCU, 慈濟大學) and Renmin University of China in Beijing (RUC, 中國人民大學) cordially invite applications for a four-week summer program in Buddhist studies (July 21-August 10, 2010) in China (first in Suzhou 蘇州 and then in Chengdu 成都). […]


Public Lectures: Michael Zimmermann on Indian Buddhist Views of State Violence and the Possibility of Social Engagement

1st Mar 2010
Professor Michael Zimmermann will be giving two lectures (April 26 and 27, 2010). “Is Violence Avoidable? On War and Peace in Indian Buddhism.” “Engaged Buddhism: Social Entanglement with Spiritual Gain?”


A Brief Overview of Buddhist Studies at the University of British Columbia

16th Feb 2010
by Jessica L. Main For prospective students: At the University of British Columbia (UBC), Buddhism is studied using a variety of disciplinary approaches and in historical periods spanning the ancient to the contemporary. The centre of this constellation of teaching and research on Buddhism is the Department of Asian Studies where the main strength is […]


Video: Sogyal Rinpoche at the Chan Centre

15th Jan 2010
Sogyal Rinpoche spoke at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on December 15, 2009, a cool and crisp Vancouver evening. In the first clip, Sogyal compares Christianity and Buddhism via the topic of “prayer,” and similarities in both the nature of God and the nature of ultimate reality and the Buddha nature within ourselves. […]


Photos from Sogyal Rinpoche’s Lectures

15th Jan 2010
Sogyal Rinpoche gave two lectures at UBC (December 15 and 16, 2009): “Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World” “The Heart Essence of Tibetan Buddhism”


Report: Sogyal Rinpoche on the Nature of Mind

3rd Jan 2010
It was our great pleasure to host Sogyal Rinpoche at UBC, where he gave two lectures, “Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World” and  “The Heart Essence of Tibetan Buddhism.” He delighted his audience by introducing Tibetan Buddhist understandings of mind and meditative practice, commenting on how these impact contemporary society and relate to […]


First Meeting of the Lower Mainland Buddhism Group

28th Dec 2009
Workshop: Connecting with Vancouver Buddhist Communities held on December 15, 2009 at the Institute of Asian Research. 25 leaders and organizers from different Buddhist communities in the Vancouver area, including those affiliated with Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Southeast Asian Theravada, Tibetan, and Engaged Buddhist traditions, came together on December 15, 2009. Discussions ranged from the possibility […]


Video: Interview with Sogyal Rinpoche

26th Dec 2009
He delighted his audiences by introducing Tibetan Buddhist understandings of mind and meditative practice, commenting on how these impact contemporary society and relate to neuroscientific notions of mind. The lectures drew between 900 and 1,000 people to the Chan and Asian Centres.


IAR 515B: Buddhism and Contemporary Society, Winter 2010

12th Dec 2009
Buddhism, Violence, and the State in Modern and Contemporary Asia (3 credits) Course Syllabus Excerpt Wed   2:30-4:30  C.K. Choi Building Instructor: Jessica L. Main, jessica.main@ubc.ca, (604) 822-9305, C.K. Choi Building, Room 283 Office hours: Mondays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am Course Description: Extreme tension exists between those who hold that Buddhists should leave politics to […]


ASIA 250: Introduction to Buddhism, Winter 2010

5th Nov 2009
Introduction to Buddhism: Indian Subcontinent to the New World (3 credits) Course Syllabus Excerpt Mon/Wed/Fri   9:00-10:00  Buchanan D222 Instructor: Jessica L. Main, jessica.main@ubc.ca, (604) 822-9305, C.K. Choi Building, Room 283 Office hours: Mondays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am Course Description: Beginning with the origins of Buddhism on the Indian subcontinent (c. 6th century BCE), this […]


Photos from Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s Lectures

9th Oct 2009
Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu Lectured at the Institute of Asian Research (September 15, 2009): “The Buddha’s Questions”


Public Lectures: Sogyal Rinpoche on Understanding the Nature of Mind in Tibetan Buddhism

10th Sep 2009
Sogyal Rinpoche will be giving two lectures at UBC (December 15 and 16, 2009): “Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World.” “The Heart Essence of Tibetan Buddhism.”


Program Activities in 2008-2009

28th Aug 2009
excerpted from the Institute of Asian Research Annual Report 2008-2009. On April 27, 2008, the College for Interdisciplinary Studies (CFIS), The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, and the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presented Robert Thurman, America’s leading expert on Tibetan Buddhism, at UBC’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts. As the Je Tsong Khapa […]


Public Lectures: Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the Buddha’s Use and Understanding of Questions

27th Aug 2009
Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu will be lecturing at UBC’s Asian Centre (September 15, 2009). “The Buddha’s Questions” Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)


Gustaaf Houtman Looking Back on the 2008-2009 Year

28th Jul 2009
excerpted from the Institute of Asian Research Annual Report 2008-2009. By Gustaaf Houtman. During my tenure at UBC, I taught Introduction to Buddhism (ASIA 250) and the graduate seminar on Buddhism and Politics in Burma (IAR515B). Both were a delight to teach. Students at UBC are highly motivated and the AV facilities are excellent. For […]


Photos from Hopkin’s Lectures

26th May 2009
Professor Jeffrey Hopkins gave two lectures at UBC’s Asian Centre and the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Society Temple (April 20 and 21, 2009): “Gender, Sexuality and Tibetan Buddhism: How Sex Is Used in the Spiritual Path” “The Dalai Lama’s Blending of “Classical” Tibetan Buddhism with Contemporary Outlooks”


Report: Jeffrey Hopkins on Sex in Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama’s Blending of Old and New

12th May 2009
Jeffrey Hopkins speaks at UBC (April 20 and 21, 2009). Hopkins clarified the ways sex is used on the path of Tibetan Buddhism, and commented on the Dalai Lama’s skillful blending of old and new in his Buddhist teachings. Jeffrey Hopkins spoke as part of the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program lecture series, made possible […]


Public Lectures: Jeffrey Hopkins on Gender and Sexuality in Tibetan Buddhism

12th Feb 2009
Professor Jeffrey Hopkins will be giving two lectures at UBC (April 20 and 21, 2009): “Gender, Sexuality and Tibetan Buddhism: How Sex Is Used in the Spiritual Path” “The Dalai Lama’s Blending of “Classical” Tibetan Buddhism with Contemporary Outlooks”


Announcement: Gustaaf Houtman as TLKY Visiting Professor, Winter 2009

10th Dec 2008
Gustaaf Houtman Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Scholar (Jan – May 2009) The Institute of Asian Research welcomed Dr. Gustaaf Houtman as the TLKY Canada Foundation Visiting Scholar. Dr. Houtman is the Editor of Anthropology Today and served as the Deputy Director of the Royal Anthropology Institute in London. His book, Mental Culture […]


Conference on the Mongolian Buddhist Revival

25th Nov 2008
A one-day focus on contemporary Mongolian religiosity co-sponsored by the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, and The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation at the Contemporary Mongolia conference. Organized by Julian Dierkes and Tsering Shakya. Conference main page and abstract page.


Ian Harries on Khmer Buddhist Monks, Denied Religious Freedom in Vietnam

28th Oct 2008
By Ian Harris, Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Professor in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, reposted from Asia Pacific Report 32.2 (2008): 1, 7. The Mekong delta area, known in Cambodia as Kampuchea Krom, has been populated by Khmer speakers for around one and a half millennia. Not surprisingly, the Vietnamese annexation of the […]


Public Lecture: Levi McLaughlin on Education and the Soka Gakkai

1st Oct 2008
“How to Cultivate a Mass Movement: Buddhism, Education, and the Rise of Soka Gakkai, Japan’s Largest Active Religion” Presented by Levi McLaughlin, Department of Religion, Princeton University. Date: Wednesday January 7, 2008 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall Though too often ignored, the […]


Public Lecture: Jessica Main on Japanese Buddhism as Civil Society

1st Oct 2008
“The Constitution of a Religion: Ōtani-ha Shin Buddhism as Civil Society Actor” Presented by Jessica L. Main, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University. Date: Friday January 9, 2008 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall Contemporary Japanese Buddhism has, to a large extent, been […]


Lecture: Stefania Travagnin on Contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism

1st Oct 2008
“Contemporary Society and Buddhist Modernity: Translating Modalities of Faith and in Twentieth-century Taiwanese Buddhism” Presented by Stefania Travagnin, Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions, Department of Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia. Date: Wednesday January 14, 2008 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall […]


Public Lectures: Robert Thurman on Buddhism and the Current Global Crisis

10th Jan 2008
Professor Robert Thurman, an expert on Tibetan Buddhism, will be giving a series of three lectures at UBC (April 26 and 27, 2008): “The Mañjuśrī Connection: Relations between Tibetan and Chinese Buddhisms” “The Layman Vimalakīrti and the Basic Mahāyana Buddhist Path” “Buddhism as a Civilization Matrix and the Current Global Crisis”


Announcement: Ian Harris as TLKY Visiting Professor, Winter 2008

27th Dec 2007
Ian Harris Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Professor in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (Jan – May 2008) The Institute of Asian Research welcomes Professor Ian Harris as the TLKY Canada Foundation Visiting Scholar. Professor Harris was a Senior Scholar at the Becket Institute, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford (20014) and is currently Professor of […]


Public Lecture: Ian Harris on Buddhism Under Pol Pot

17th Dec 2007
“Buddhism in Extremis: The Fate of the Buddhist Order Under Pol Pot” Presented by Professor Ian Harris, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Cumbria. Date: Wednesday February 27, 2008 Time: 12:30 – 2:05 PM Place: Centre for Southeast Asia Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall The Buddhist monastic sector (sangha) was virtually […]


Report: Renowned Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard Shares Insight on Happiness

11th Sep 2007
reposted from Asia Pacific Report 31.1 (2007): 2. The community and campus are still buzzing about a recent visit from world-renowned monk, author, photographer and biochemist, Dr. Matthieu Ricard. He visited Vancouver and UBC between March 9th and 11th to present a series of lectures as part of the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program funded […]


Annual Report: Buddhism and Contemporary Society, 2006-2007

10th Sep 2007
by Tsering Shakya, Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia. This year the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program began with the appointment of Professor Kate Crosby as the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC. Professor Crosby will be joining UBC from the University of […]


Public Lecture: Gustaaf Houtman on Meditation and Politics in Burma

27th Aug 2007
“On Samatha And Vipassana: Some Case Studies From Burma And The Socio-Political Implications Of Their Practice” Presented by Dr. Gustaaf Houtman, The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Date: Tuesday November 27, 2007 Time: 2:30-3:30 PM Place: Centre for Southeast Asia Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall In Burma there are […]


Video: Matthieu Ricard on the Neuroscience of Meditation

1st Jul 2007
Matthieu Ricard, PhD in Biochemistry and a Tibetan Buddhist monk, lectured at the Ridge Theatre (March 10, 2007): Change Yourself, Change the World       Ricard’s lectures were made possible by the generous support of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation.


Public Lectures: Matthieu Ricard on Happiness and the Mind

27th Jan 2007
Matthieu Ricard, PhD in Biochemistry and a Tibetan Buddhist monk, will deliver a series of lectures at UBC, the Ridge Theatre, and the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Society Temple (March 9 to 11, 2007), connected to his new book Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill (2007): “Training the Mind: Science and […]


Public Lecture: Guang Xing on the Compatibility of Buddhism and Secular Values

23rd Jan 2007
“The Relevance of Buddhism to Modern Society” Presented by Professor Guang Xing, Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong. Date: Thursday May 31, 2007 Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall In contemporary society, there are many concepts influencing and affecting our […]


Public Lecture: Kate Crosby on Buddhist Responses to the Tsunami

8th Sep 2006
“Buddhist Responses to the Tsunami” Presented by Professor Kate Crosby, Visiting Numata Professor, McGill University, Montreal. Date: Monday October 16, 2006 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall This talk examines the religious responses and interpretations to the December 2004 tsunami among Buddhists in […]


Public Lecture: Ian Harris on Monastic Boundaries and the Concept of State

26th Aug 2006
“Buddhist Monastic Boundary (sima) as an Explanatory Concept in the Contemporary Conception of the State in Southeast Asia” Presented by Professor Ian Harris, Senior Research Fellow, Documentation Center of Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Date: Monday October 2, 2006 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West […]


Public Lecture: Kate Crosby on the Tsunami and Sri Lankan Buddhist Reponses

24th Aug 2006
“Buddhist Responses to the Tsunami” Presented by Dr. Kate Crosby, Visiting Numata Professor, McGill University, Montreal. Date: Monday October 16, 2006 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall This talk examines the religious responses and interpretations to the December 2004 tsunami among Buddhists in […]


Public Lecture: Paul Arai on Ritual in Contemporary Japan

20th Aug 2006
“The Power of Rituals to Harm or to Heal” Presented by Paula Arai, Assistant Professor of Religion, Asian Studies, Carleton College. Date: Wednesday October 4, 2006 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall Exploring the multi-valent dynamics of ritualized behavior illuminates the worldviews, moral […]


Public Lecture: Reginald Ray on Asian Buddhist Teachers and Western Convert Students

13th Aug 2006
“Asian Buddhism and Western Converts: Conflicts, Assimilations, and Beyond” Presented by Dr. Reginald Ray, Professor, Naropa University, Boulder. Date: Wednesday January 24, 2006 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall One of the most interesting developments in recent times is the meeting of Asian […]


Public Lecture: Stephen Covell on Japanese Buddhism and Education

11th Aug 2006
“Cut Flowers: Buddhist Education and Kokoro no Kyōiku (Heart/Mind Education) in Japan” Presented by Dr. Stephen Covell, Director, Soga Center for Japanese Studies, Western Michigan University. Date: Monday September 25, 2006 Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall Over the past two decades politicians, […]


Photos from Ven. Dhammajoti’s Lectures

26th Apr 2006
Venerable Professor Dhammajoti presented two lectures at UBC (March 15 and March 16, 2006): “The Sarvāstivāda Theory of Simultaneous Causality.” “Two Buddhist Theories of Knowledge.”


UBC Creates First North American Contemporary Buddhist Studies Program with $4 Million Gift

6th Feb 2006
UBC Public Affairs | MEDIA RELEASE | FEBRUARY 2, 2006 The University of British Columbia has established North America’s first Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program thanks to a $4 million gift from The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation. “We’re delighted by this generous gift, which will enable UBC to explore the application of Buddhist […]


Public Lecture: Ven. Dhammajoti on Buddhism and the Cognitive Process

16th Jan 2006
“Two Buddhist Theories of Knowledge” Presented by Venerable Professor Dhammajoti, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Date: Thursday March 16, 2006 Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM Place: UBC Robson Square, C180-800 Robson Street Buddhism teaches that we are trapped within the Cycle of Births and Deaths (samsara) on account of a fundamental […]


Public Lecture: Ven. Dhammajoti on Buddhism and Causality

1st Jan 2006
“The Sarvāstivāda Theory of Simultaneous Causality” Presented by Venerable Professor Dhammajoti, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Date: Thursday March 15, 2006 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Place: Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall In the history of Buddhist thought, the Sarvāstivāda school was the first […]


Photos from Jing Yin’s Lectures

5th Dec 2005
Professor Jing Yin, Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, delivered two lectures during the Fall of 2005. The first lecture, “Is Mind a Reality?” was held on September 28 at C.K. Choi Building. The second, “The Art of Happiness: Buddhist Teachings in Daily Life,” took place on September […]


Lecture: Jing Yin on the Nature, Power, and Effect of Mind

22nd Jul 2005
“Is Mind a Reality?” Presented by Dr. Jing Yin, Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Date: Wednesday September 28, 2005 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Place: C.K. Choi Building Room 120, 1855 West Mall The Buddha’s teachings reveal the root causes of human suffering and unhappiness, and challenge us to transform […]


Public Lecture: Jing Yin on Buddhist Teachings in Daily Life

22nd Jul 2005
“The Art of Happiness: Buddhist Teachings in Daily Life” Presented by Dr. Jing Yin, Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Date: Thursday September 29, 2005 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Place: HSBC Hall, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson How can meditation help us overcome anxiety, anger, fear and jealousy? How can […]